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A Cruise to St Petersburg - Visa Needs
4 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

When traveling by cruise St. Petersburg there is some information you should know. Russia allows entry traveling on a cruise to St. Petersburg without any visa for up to 72 hours, as long as you sleep on the cruise or any pre-approved hotel.

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If you want to stay longer and enjoy St. Petersburg you need to apply for the Tourist Invitation Letter, this document allows you to apply for a Russian visa.

If you are traveling on a cruise to St. Petersburg and want to stay longer. iVisa.com can help you with that! Do you want to learn more? Continue reading our FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Russian Visa Invitation Letter?

The Russian Visa Invitation Letter, also known as the Russian Tourist Invitation Letter, is a Russian document that allows you to apply for the Russian Visa.

This is an invitation that must be sent by a Russian travel company or hotel accredited by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. It consists of two parts, a voucher and a confirmation of the Admission of a Foreign Tourist.

iVisa.com gives you exactly what you need, the invitation letter and the confirmation letter as well. This is perfect for people on a cruise to St. Petersburg that maybe want to explore this magical city.

Can I travel to Russia with just my invitation?

The answer is, no! Unless you are a citizen of a visa-free regime with Russia, everybody is required to get an entry visa. It is important to have the Russian Tourist Invitation Letter to be allowed to apply for the Russian visa.

So when you are on a cruise to St. Petersburg, remember to have all your documents just in case you want to stay longer.

What do I need to scan to apply for the Russian Tourist Invitation Letter?

We need you to scan the following documents:

  • A valid passport with at least six months validity. Especially the last page of the passport and the passport personal details.
  • An e-mail address so you can receive your Russian Tourist Invitation Letter
  • The payment method: a selfie holding a Credit/debit card, showing the last 4 digits on the card.

It is important to upload any proof of accommodation, especially if you are coming on a cruise to St. Petersburg and staying there for more than 72 hours.

What is the cost of applying for a Russian Tourist Invitation Letter?

Depending on the type of letter you need, the single entry and the double-entry, the cost will be:

For the Single Entry Tourist Invitation Letter:

  • Standard Processing Alternative: 24 hours - USD $74.49
  • Rush Processing Alternative: 6 hours - USD $135.49
  • Super Rush Processing Alternative: 2 hours - USD $202.49

And for the Double Entry Tourist Invitation Letter:

  • Standard Processing Alternative: 24 hours - USD $74.49
  • Rush Processing Alternative: 6 hours - USD $135.49
  • Super Rush Processing Alternative: 2 hours - USD $202.49

How to apply for the Russian Tourist Invitation Letter?

You will only need to follow 3 easy steps:

  • 1: Fill out our forms, and then select the processing alternative.
  • 2: Make sure all the information is correct, then choose the payment method.
  • 3: Scan the required documents, and submit them. And that’s all!

If you are traveling on a cruise to St. Petersburg, we should have all these documents before sailing .

Is iVisa.com trustworthy?

Yes, it is! iVisa.com has a top-edge data analysis system that allows us to manage your information with security.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

For any more information, you can contact our customer service agents. They will be able to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Do not hesitate if you need us.

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If you are stopping by St. Petersburg you must go and visit the Winter Palace, formerly known as the Royal Palace, this monumental and elegant Baroque style palace was built by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli from 1754 to 1762 by orders of the Empress Elizabeth Petrovna. The palace represents a mixture of architecture and decorative plastic art. All facades are embellished with a two-tier colonnade, forming a complex rhythm of verticals. At the top of each column, you will see numerous statues and vases decorating the palace. Rastrelli gave each facade of the palace a different structural rhythm. The southern one has a formal grandeur, the northern facade gives the impression of an endless colonnade, the western facade has the composition of a countryside palace, and last, the eastern facade has a large courtyard and is located at the main street, the Millionnaya Street. Before turning into a museum in November of 1917, the Winter Palace was an imperial residence. You will see exhibitions placed in the palaces that include the grand halls, collections of antiquities of Eurasia and the East, European and Eastern paintings, sculptures, and many more. Enjoy this wonderful Palace and more in St. Petersburg!

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